You are cordially invited to attend Los Angeles Audubon's monthly
meeting, 7:30pm, Wednesday February 11, 2008 in Plummer Park, 7335
Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90046, room 6 in the Community
Hall. Refreshments will be served after the presentation. We feature
great bird field guides, bird finding books, optics and more!! The
book store will feature sales and clearance on certain items.
Phil Unitt presents "The 2002 and 2003 Fires of San Diego, California"
In 2002 and 2003, over 738 square miles of San Diego County burned.
To evaluate the effects on birds of fires of such unprecedented size,
Phil and his team began with 32 survey routes in the area burned by
the Pines fire in 2002, which affected mainly chaparral and oak
woodland on the east slope of San Diego County's mountains. Almost
every possible pattern of postfire response is exemplified by some
species. Species favoring the burned area, once vegetative recovery
had begun, include granivores exploiting open habitats, insectivores
foraging on exposed rock or bare ground, and migratory summer
visitors adapted to early successional habitats. Some of these fire-
followers colonized in large numbers the first year after the fire,
then tended to decline , whereas others, preferring the intermediate
stages of succession, increased, at least for a while.
Repeated fires on this scale are likely to eliminate the more
susceptible species from large areas where they were once common.
Los Angeles County has been hard hit by fires in recent years so I
hope to see you at this great presentation to learn about the ecology
after the fires.
Programs Chair & Fieldtrip Leader for LAAS
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